​Best Hiking Backpacks for 2017: Our Ultimate Guide

Best Hiking Backpacks

The feeling of disconnection with the stress of city life is a worthwhile experience and to do that you need to have a trustworthy hiking backpack.

This article will tackle the things to consider before buying a backpack and a list of the best hiking backpacks available right now.

What are the Best Hiking Backpacks?

With the important factors about choosing a backpack already mentioned, we will now talk about the best backpacks available in the market right now. Although not guaranteeing to be without fault, these backpacks can assure you a safe and worthwhile experience outdoors.

Osprey Daylite

​Features

Osprey DayliteThis excellent backpack is made of 210 X 330D Nylon and has a large main compartment. The addition of dual stretch mesh side pockets allows for more storage.]

It is also equipped with an interior sleeve useful for laptops or other items. The back panel is made up of mesh covered die cut foam which gives hikers utmost comfort and ventilation.

The backpack feels extremely durable and lightweight without surprisingly sacrificing the capacity of the main compartment as well as the addition of several small compartments.

The added key clip feature on the front panel is also very useful whenever you are the kind of person who constantly loses small things especially keys. The presence of a hydration compartment is also a huge plus.

Pros

  • Lightweight but durable
  • Made of high-quality materials
  • Offers several compartments

Cons

  • Side pockets are a bit flimsy

TETON Sports Oasis 1100

​Features

TETON Sports Oasis 1100This feature packed backpack is one of the top choices among different hiking websites. Aside from the basics of having a large compartment, it has a hydration bladder included which will come in handy in long challenging hikes.

The backpack also accommodates different users based on sex and age and is also equipped with comfortable straps.

Aside from the basics, it has a large pocket which has an inconspicuous zipper. It also has a weather guard to protect gears, clothes and other important items.

Another addition is a bungee cord compartment for bike helmets as well as a butterfly opening for jackets.  Although more often than not used as a hiking daypack, the Teton Sports Oasis 1100 is also very flexible as it is also used for casual purposes.

This daypack ticks off all the necessary points for hiking backpacks- a large main compartment, a hydration bladder and several minor compartments for your equipment.  It also comes in with different designs and colors for different genders and age.

The main compartment comes with an interior sleeve that has a seamless zipper suitable in keeping your priced possessions secure.

The front panel has a bungee cord compartment for you to attach bike helmets, gears and many more.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Loaded with compartments
  • Lifetime warrantyTough design and frame

Cons

  • Zippers feel a bit clunky and not durable
  • Smaller in capacity compared to other backpacks

CamelBak 2016 Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack

​Features

CamelBak 2016 Rim Runner 22 Hydration PackThis hiking backpack is made of polyester material. Its primary or main feature is the addition of a hydration pack with what is called a quick link system- an easily accessible cap and a lightweight fill port.

It is equipped with several compartments, two exterior zipper pocket, three multi-function pockets located inside as well as an extra layer useful for storing food, lamps, trekking poles or whatever you desire.

One of the main selling points for this backpack is the design, the main compartment is adequate enough to hold your equipment while also having a smaller pocket in front.

The side pockets are placed aesthetically well. Another advantage is that the hydration pack hose is long enough to become conveniently accessible.

A plus feature for this backpack is the fact that the waist strap is removable.

Pros

  • Excellent design
  • Huge capacity in the main compartment
  • Excellent side pocket placement
  • Longer hydration compartment hose
  • Removable waist strap

Cons

  • Fabric is not durable enough so it needs extra care

Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack

​Features

Kelty Redwing 50 BackpackComing in two sizes: Small/Medium or Medium/Large. You can pick whatever size you want depending on the number of items you want to carry.

It has a hybrid loading U-zipper making it both a panel loader and top loader. It has a Dynamic AirFlow back panel allowing great comfort and convenience.  

The main selling point of this amazing backpack is the presence of the U-shaped hybrid main zipper. Because of this, you are able to gain easy access to what’s inside the bag.  

The side pockets are also seamlessly placed making the overall look of the bag sleek.

Pros

  • U-shaped hybrid main zipper
  • Easy access to items inside bag
  • Side pockets are seamlessly placed

Cons

  • Cannot carry heavy loads exceeding 35 pounds

Deuter Speedlite 20

​Features

Deuter Speedlite 20This backpack is considered to be one of the best due to a lot of things.  The material used is Hexlite 210. It has a tapered shape design meant for arm comfort especially for challenging hikes or for athletes.

The backpack boasts several features such as a waterproof compartment, hydration packs and several small compartments inside and outside. It is highly compact, light and foldable.

Pros

  • Waterproof compartment
  • Durable frame
  • Light and Foldable
  • Tapered shape allowing free arm movement
  • Compact with several compartments

Cons

  • Can only carry loads up to 20 L

What Qualities Make the Best Hiking Backpack?

What Qualities Make the Best Hiking BackpackMany outdoor gears or hobby stores claim to have what they call value for money hiking backpacks. But the question actually is, how do you pick one?

The number of choices can soar up to the mountains (pun intended), and although not as complex as rocket science, it requires careful decision making and analysis.

While there are a lot of affordable backpacks around, choosing to stow away pricier ones will have you miss out on better quality, design as well as comfort. Here are a few things that you need to check before buying one:

Shoulder Padding

Shoulder padding and bottom support should live up to its purpose as well as provide comfort in the process.

Some packs include specially designed bottoms to prevent baggage from sagging, keeping your possessions closer to your body making them somewhat lighter to carry.

More affordable use heavier fabrics to cut costs in manufacturing the backpacks, however, more expensive ones, although use a lighter fabric, can offer better durability as well lesser weight carriage.

Back Panels

A few day packs possess ventilated back panels to aid in reducing the production of sweat by keeping a constant air flow in the back. You wouldn’t want to cause a tsunami of sweat going up Mt. Fiji.

Zippers

Zippers are also important since they also keep your items in place. A few more sophisticated hiking backpacks have water resistant zippers that help keep items dry amidst strong storms and challenging river trails.

Waist Belt Pockets

Waist belt pockets are also very important in backpacks as they are very handy in keeping small items such as pocket knives, gel packs, mosquito repellent lotion within access in case the need arises.

Hydration Packs

More expensive backpacks also have a hydration pack that serves as a reservoir for your water bottles. This way, the hiker does not need to open the bag but only need to gain access to the hydration hose conveniently located on the exterior of the bag.

Additional Features


Little details such as gear lashing systems for grappling challenging hikes as well as media pockets, laptop slots, padded back panels, organizers and key holders are also very necessary when considering to buy a backpack.

According to John McKinney of The Trailmaster, a good hiking backpack should possess the following necessary characteristics: Durable weather-proof fabric, one-piece body construction, padded shoulder straps, padded back, wide, padded lumbar belt, sufficient pockets and compartments to suit your needs, side pouch for water bottle, strong buckles and straps, storm flap-covered zippers and a strong top grab handle